17 Fully-Functional Small Bathroom Designs | Living Room Ideas

by Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Small bathroom designs can be a challenge to find. Many of a bathroom’s elements are non-negotiable, so you have to find ways to fit a sink, toilet, bath, and a bit of storage all in a tiny space. Read on to find out how.

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home, and possibly one of the most functional. Even so, most houses come with small bathrooms that hardly offer any functionality. Whether you’re renting an apartment or just decorating a small space in general, the bathroom poses a challenge.

17 Fully-Functional Small Bathroom Designs

Small Bathrooms, Big Functionality

Solve all your woes when it comes to small bathroom designs by looking at 17 small bathrooms that do a great job of maximizing what little space they do have. Just keep scrolling!

 

1. Add More Storage Space

The benefits of floating shelves at home are endless, and they even extend to small bathroom designs. Install a few levels of floating shelves for instant storage space.

 

2. Multi-task

Small bathroom designs are a lot like decorating small living rooms. Get furniture and decor that can multi-task, like this set of hooks that doubles as a shelf.

 

3. Use Cabinets Wisely

The cabinets under your sink are storage just waiting for you to be used. Factor this into your small bathroom designs and see how much storage space you save.

 

4. Fun Prints

Fun Prints | 17 Fully-Functional Small Bathroom Designs | Living Room Ideas

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Prints can create optical illusions to make your small bathroom look bigger. So they’re definitely something to consider when it comes to small bathroom designs. Pick simple, but bold prints.

 

5. Brighten It Up

Brighten It Up | 17 Fully-Functional Small Bathroom Designs | Living Room Ideas

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Whether it’s natural light or added lighting fixtures, make sure your small bathroom designs are bright. White ceramic and white walls also help.

 

6. Add Towel Rods

Add Towel Rods | 17 Fully-Functional Small Bathroom Designs | Living Room Ideas

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Towel rods aren’t just for towels anymore. This ingenious bathroom uses them to hang shower caddies, laundry bags, and other storage.

 

7. Mirrors

Mirrors | 17 Fully-Functional Small Bathroom Designs | Living Room Ideas

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If you want small bathroom designs that make a space look bigger, add a few mirrors. This small bathroom places shelves in front of a second mirror. Fox News has do’s and don’ts to decorating with mirrors.

 

8. Start With White

Start With White | 17 Fully-Functional Small Bathroom Designs | Living Room Ideas

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White will instantly make your small bathroom designs look better. Start with white basics: walls, cabinets, ceramics. Then just add pops of color where you want to: shower curtains, bath mats, maybe even a painting.

 

9. Use Shower Curtains

A space-saving trick for small bathroom designs: use shower curtains. Not only do they come in a whole range of colors and designs, they’ll also save you lots of space. Check out Apartment Therapy’s shower curtain picks.

 

10. Arrange Your Space

Arrange Your Space | 17 Fully-Functional Small Bathroom Designs | Living Room Ideas

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What’s the use of all your space-saving items if you don’t arrange them properly? Try lining up your sink, toilet, and shower all on the same side—it’ll give you valuable foot space.

 

11. Add Windows

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If your small bathroom comes with a window, you’re in luck. Windows make small bathroom designs instantly look bigger, and they’re a source of natural light!

 

12. Decorate In Parallels

Decorate in groups of 2 or 3, which makes it seem like you have a lot more space than you actually do.

 

13. Glass

Glass | 17 Fully-Functional Small Bathroom Designs | Living Room Ideas

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If shower curtains will save space, glass in your small bathroom designs will give you an illusion of space.

 

14. Stick To The Basics

Stick To The Basics | 17 Fully-Functional Small Bathroom Designs | Living Room Ideas

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The bathroom is mainly a functional room. So before you add any decor, make sure there’s space for what you really need: a toilet, a sink, a bath, and some storage space.

 

15. Accent Wall

Accent Wall | 17 Fully-Functional Small Bathroom Designs | Living Room Ideas

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One of the secrets of decorating a small space: decorate like it’s a big space. An accent wall is a decor idea for small bathroom designs that won’t take away any functional space you may need.

 

16. Open Sink

If you don’t need that much storage, consider getting rid of the sink cabinet. (Only if you don’t need it!) The open space makes your bathroom look bigger.

 

17. Monochrome

In decorating any room, pick a color scheme and stick to it. Monochrome, especially if it’s almost all white, is one of the best small bathroom designs you can pick. Clean lines and solid colors make for a space that’s inviting, no matter how small.

 

For more great small bathroom designs, watch this video from Better Homes and Gardens:

In choosing your small bathroom designs, never forget that this is a functional space! There are lots of tips and tricks to maximize your space and make it look bigger. But it all comes down to what you need from your small bathroom designs.

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